Empire Of The Wolves

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Empire Of The Wolves Review


Every once in awhile a movie comes along that is so nonsensical, so random, so stupid even, that it simply defies reviewing. 2005's edition is Empire of the Wolves, a film which appears to have gone straight to video despite starring Jean Reno.

The film opens interestingly, almost Matrix-like, as a woman (Arly Jover) is seen undergoing some kind of treatment for amnesia -- she can remember just about everyone except her husband. Increasingly suspicious and susceptible to flashbacks, she help from a psychiatrist who turns her on to the scars behind her ears and on her scalp. An x-ray reveals she's full of metal pins. Someone has done a major plastic surgery number on the gal. An hour into the 128-minute affair we get the film's primary revelation: Jover's Anna was once Turkish!

As ridiculous as that is, it only gets worse from there. Reno and his parter Jocelyn Quivrin (that's a man, baby) through a twisty maze of secret societies, gangs, illegal immigrants, mind control, and an absurd set of circumstances that could end with a Turkish woman being facially reconstructed and brainwashed into believing she's a demure French lass.

Somehow it took a novel and four screenwriters (including the novelist, who gets no slack here) to come up with this sad attempt to make the Turkish mafia a cinematic force on par with the Italian mafia or the Japanese yakuza. It doesn't work. True or not, the film makes the Turks look like a bunch of buffoons who couldn't run a crime organization if their lives depended on it -- and, apparently, it does.

The only way to make this film any worse is to listen to the dubbed version, which turns Reno's deep growl into a lilting voice that wouldn't be out of place on an episode of Friends.

Aka L'Empire des loups.



Empire Of The Wolves

Facts and Figures

Run time: 128 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 20th April 2005

Box Office Worldwide: $11.9M

Budget: $24M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Production compaines: Gaumont, TF1 Films Production, Kairos, Canal+

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

IMDB: 5.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Jean-Louis Schiffer, as Anna Heymes, Jocelyn Quivrin as Paul Nerteaux, as Mathilde Uran, as Le légiste, Philippe Bas as Laurent, Didier Sauvegrain as Dr. Ackerman, Patrick Floersheim as Philippe Charlier, Etienne Chicot as Olivier Amien, Albert Dray as Le lieutenant, as Kudseyi, Élodie Navarre as La fliquette, Corentin Koskas as L'interne, Jean-Pierre Martins as Professeur Ravi

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